WCSD Board of Trustees cancels August 15 public meeting

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Updated: 8/05/2014 11:09 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees has cancelled an August 15 meeting that was scheduled to discuss the Pedro Martinez contract situation.

In a statement released late Tuesday afternoon, Board President Barbara Clark said:

"The Board of Trustees will continue to work in good faith cooperation under the present circumstances to educate our children and to ensure effective administration of the School District. Along with the students, staff, and families, we look forward to a successful school year ahead.

Upon the advice of outside council, and as President of the Board of Trustees, I have decided not to proceed with the previously contemplated Board of Trustees' meeting on August 15, 2014. Given that my July 22, 2014 announcement is void according to statute, there is no need for any 'corrective action'."

Previous statements from Clark said there could be "debate" if the board’s actions were legal but they agreed to void the move.

Also, Tuesday’s statement does not say if the board will ever meet to discuss Martinez’s performance or conduct.

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CJW775reno - 8/6/2014 1:05 PM
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Time Out - one has nothing to do with the other. Mr. Martinez was completely within his rights and responsibilities in letting go of Mr. Mieras - not so with the Board of Trustees and Mr. Martinez - they are obligated to hold a public meeting and didn't. They may not be able to get a recall together for each individual board member, but I say come election day, I would be worried if i were any one of these bullies. They made our city look ridiculous and corrective action absolutely should be taken. They seem to be getting some really bad legal advice.

TheGumption - 8/6/2014 8:28 AM
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How interesting. The Board Policy page on the WCSD website mysteriously is missing Board policy in regards to appointment of the Superintendent and Superintendent Evaluation. All other documents are there. I smell a rat. Actually, I smell 6 rats.

TheGumption - 8/6/2014 8:25 AM
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The Superintendent decides "how, by whom, where and when things things are to be done". That includes personnel decisions. Some may not be happy about the Mieras decision but it is in the purview of the Superintendent to make that decision. The micromanaging Board shouldn't be engaged in those types of personnel decisions or day-to-day activities. That's no their job. I would disagree with Barbara Clark's assessment that "no corrective action" is needed. It is. This community needs to take corrective action with this Board by following through with the recall effort. We simply cannot continue to allow a bunch of incompetent, micromanaging, fools to create dysfunction in the school district. Our kids deserve better than a group of arrogant individuals stepping all over themselves and doing things that are well beyond the scope of their elected duties.

tonysam - 8/6/2014 7:51 AM
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Martinez could let go of Mieras without public hearings since Mieras wasn't a superintendent; the board cannot do the same with Martinez. Look at state law before making an idiot of yourself posting. Judging from the reaction of the public at the last school board meeting, not many people were incensed over Mike Mieras being let go--few people outside of your entitled bubble at WCSD even know or care about him. However, many, many people were angry at the board over their illegal treatment of Martinez.

tonysam - 8/6/2014 7:37 AM
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Furthermore, you have ALL of the facts here. The school districts pulls this sort of thing all the time to employees they don't want. The only reason you are even hearing about the district's lawless behavior is because of the prominence of the parties involved. Stop trying to make this out as a conspiracy to hide the "truth" about Mike Mieras, somebody who had nothing whatsoever to do with this, and look at this as a typical example of a district that has no respect for the law. Martinez, like him or not, has the district dead to rights.

tonysam - 8/6/2014 7:35 AM
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You people who think this was about Mike Mieras need to shut up and stop peddling b.s. This had NOTHING to do with him. This was all about a LAWLESS school board that wants nothing more than a puppet as a superintendent. Mieras isn't owed a job just because he had been there a long time any more than Jane Woodburn was owed a job. People get laid off all the time due to reorganization. Martinez could let them go, and he did. The board doesn't give a rip about Mieras--they are on a power trip and don't care if they follow the law or not. Too bad you people are too stupid to understand that school districts are supposed to honor contracts and honor state law.

hooligan - 8/5/2014 9:35 PM
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So they are all afraid of Pedro. Will we ever know the truth or is it swept under the carpet like all the hire UPS having affairs and being put in the green house just to re surface! When a great honest, hard working person like Mike Mieras gets fired for NO reason Pedro should tuck his tale and rehire him. Or the board does have the power to reinstate Mike. SO DOIt.

Time Out - 8/5/2014 9:25 PM
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How is it that poor Pedro can scream bloody murder about "public meetings" and fairness when he managed to fire the school district police chief without any public meetings and without the school board even knowing it was coming. Does "Double Standard" come to mind here, and shouldn't we all get equel treatment?

sierra11 - 8/5/2014 8:16 PM
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theys way too smart for us normal folk, far toooooo powerfull, just let um do their thing. they no better than us..................

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